Local organizations and community stakeholders from Cape May County’s health, education, business and not-for-profit sectors determined that a more effective approach to advancing health in the Cape May community involved the formation of the Cape Regional Wellness Alliance. The Alliance identified Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) as a community health priority, and its Blueprint focuses on promoting resiliency among youth. Among the strategies outlined in the Alliance’s plan is collecting data that correlates known trauma occurrences for children up to 18 years old, such as parental separation, hunger and substance abuse in the home to quantify previously undisclosed cases of ACES. By integrating this data from medical, education and law enforcement partners, the Alliance intends to develop and implement a comprehensive community education campaign in the Cape May County communities of Lower Township, Middle Township, Wildwood and Woodbine. Scroll down to access Cape Regional Wellness Alliance’s Blueprint.
The Cape May coalition represents one of 20 New Jersey communities supported through the NJHI: Communities Moving to Action initiative. View this coalition’s early successes toward a healthier Cape May and a healthier Garden State.
Lower Township Council Targets Form of Childhood Abuse In Hope of Raising Public Awareness
Cape May County Herald/McCarty, J. (2018, February 27).
Lower Township Council Pledges Support for ACEs
SNJ Today. (2018, February 23).
New Cape May County Alliance Aims to Reduce Childhood Traumas
Press of Atlantic City/Leonard, N. (2017 November 24).
Cape Regional Wellness Alliance Formed to Reduce the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Cape May County Herald. (2017, November 20).